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Aesop and his fables. Ashley Hill . Who is Aesop?. Aesop was an ancient Greek citizen. He is thought to have lived around 500 BC. He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters before gaining freedom for his intelligence

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Aesop and his fables

Aesop and his fables

Ashley Hill


Who is aesop
Who is Aesop?

  • Aesop was an ancient Greek citizen.

  • He is thought to have lived around 500 BC.

  • He was born a slave and was owned by two different masters before gaining freedom for his intelligence

  • Aesop was executed after being accused of stealing a gold bowl from the King of Delphi.


Background
Background:

Greece

  • Greece is a country on the continent of Europe.

  • The capital of Greece is Athens.

  • It is largely made up of mountains and contains a lot of islands.

  • Greece has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers.


Aesop s fables
Aesop’s Fables

  • Aesop told his fables as he went from place to place; he became a very famous storyteller.

  • He has been given credit for hundreds of fables, but he probably didn’t write them all.

  • Fable: a short story, typically with animals, that relates a moral or lesson.


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Aesop’s fables

  • All of the fables we will read in class are classified as Aesop’s Fables.

  • One of Aesop’s most famous fables is The Tortoise and the Hare.

  • Most of Aesop’s Fables use animals as the main characters.

  • No one knows if Aesop everwrote any of his fables down,but others who heard them began to publish the stories.


Aesop s f amous f able the tortoise and the hare
Aesop’s famous fable:The Tortoise and the Hare

  • We will be reading this fable in class, but here will we analyze the structure to show the common features of an Aesopian fable.

  • Characters: 2 main; a tortoise and a hare

    • Personification

  • Length: short; about 2-3 paragraphs maximum

    • Actual length depends on the version

  • Moral: clearly shown; “slow and steady wins the race”

    • The moral is often what you will remember.


Fables aesop s or not
Fables:Aesop’s or not?

Take a look at the fables below -- not all of them are Aesop’s!


Where are aesop s fables today
Where are Aesop’s fables today?

  • There are many places to find Aesop’s fables, and many have been given a modern twist.

  • The University of Massachusetts has an art class that has been working since 1994 to illustrate many fables in a modern setting.

  • Walt Disney even released an animated version of Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare!


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